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Exceptional COVID-19 cases will close schools

In a circular to provincial education authorities, the department details steps to be followed in an effort to avert the Coronavirus adversely affecting teaching and learning.

AS the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in South Africa climbed to 16 on Thursday, the Department of Education said schools will only be closed in exceptional cases.

In a circular to provincial education authorities, the department details steps to be followed in an effort to avert the Coronavirus adversely affecting teaching and learning.

Planning and preparing for possible community transmission was vital, the department said.

“Schools should prepare for the possibility of community-level outbreaks as well as possible recommendation from health officials of learners, staff or whole classes or grades to be quarantined at home,” the circular adds.

“School dismissal could be recommended in certain circumstances. Decisions about appropriate public health interventions should always be made in discussion with public health officials with access to all the relevant information.”

This includes information on if learners or educators should remain home from school for a period of time and whether learners in sections of a school or a whole school be dismissed.

Closing schools, however, would likely have dire consequences with knock-on effects, the department said.

“All decisions for learners to stay at home from school based on possible exposure to or infection with COVID-19 should be justified by available scientific evidence.”

The department has urged that teachers and learners who will be travelling internationally in the next months should consider postponing or cancelling trips that could expose learners and staff to potential community spread.

“Learners returning from travel to areas with community spread of COVID-19 must follow guidance on the NICD website,” the department said.

 

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